• Police: Men returned stolen items for gift cards, stealing $6,000 from local stores


    CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Three of eight men accused of retail theft were in court for a hearing Tuesday.

    “I’m innocent,” one of the men told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz.

    Cranberry police said the men were caught on surveillance camera stealing merchandise at Marshalls stores in three different counties over a period of three months.

    Police said they would return stolen items and get gift cards from the store.  They would then sell the gift cards at a discounted rate online, police said.

    “They usually get the cash to buy drugs,” said Chuck Mascellino of Cranberry Township police.

    Police said the men stole almost $6,000 from the stores.

    “Ultimately, we are the ones who play.  The stores lose and pass it on to the real paying customers,” said Mascellino.

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